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Zuma re-launches ANC volunteer brigade

ANC President Jacob Zuma says volunteers will play a major role in the party’s election strategy.

President Jacob Zuma and Paul Mashatile attend a gathering with ANC volunteers for next 2014 elections. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - ANC President Jacob Zuma on Sunday said the party's volunteer brigade would play a critical role in the ANC's bid to win a two-thirds majority in the 2014 general elections.

The Moses Kotane Brigade was re-launched in Johannesburg earlier.

Zuma, ANC Gauteng Chairperson Paul Mashatile and representatives from the tripartite alliance told volunteers that the success of their campaign depends on the effectiveness of the brigade.

Zuma told volunteers their predecessors served as the bridge between voters and the ANC.

"The door to door campaign which was done by the volunteers of the old has to be done continuously by the volunteers of today."

He said it was the responsibility of the volunteers to find out what people think of the ANC-led government.

"Get to know what people are thinking about their government and the successes and the short-comings."

Zuma told the large crowd he felt excited to re-launch the brigade and believed it would make the organisation stronger than ever.

Earlier, Mashatile addressed the crowd.

He expressed confidence that the ANC would win Gauteng in the next elections.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is targeting Gauteng but Mashatile says it does not stand a chance of winning.